Prosecco & Promises- A L Michael

Prosecco and Promises Blog Tour Week 1 (3)

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for A L Michael’s latest offering ‘Prosecco & Promises.

Meet Mia: an unforgettable heroine learning the meaning of life and love on a beautiful Italian island. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine

Mia’s dad has always been her idol. Now, she faces losing him and he is insisting that she leave England to visit her mother’s family on the Italian island of Ischia.

Arriving on the island, Mia is embraced by the warm, crazy relatives she hardly knows. Despite her doubts about the trip, it is in Italy that Mia discovers connections to a part of her life that’s been missing, and during the sun-soaked days and steamy nights Mia falls for handsome local Salvatore. But as the day of her departure draws nearer can she risk having her heart broken twice in one summer?

Review:

This is a deliciously delightful novel. The main character, Mia, has promised to fulfil her father’s dying wish by returning to the beautiful Italian island of Ischia, the place where her Italian mother grew up. Mia’s mother died in a car accident when she was young and when her father discovers that his cancer has returned, he asks her to reconnect with her Italian family.

On arrival in Ischia, Mia finds herself battling with her emotions and surrounded by family members she barely knows; some of whom are desperate to reconnect to her, while her grandmother can barely bring herself to look at her and refuses to speak.

Mia takes off into the hills and there she discovers a place that jolts memories from the past- an old shop selling antiques that she remembers from her childhood. When she steps inside, she encounters Salvatore for the first time.

As the story develops, we learn more about Mia and how her life experiences have moulded her character. She appears moody and aloof, angry and bitter, shaped by the grief of losing those closest to her and yet there is always a hint of a softness within, if only she would allow it to surface.

This is a novel about love, loss, family ties and rediscovering yourself and what you believe in.

Prosecco Wide

 

Book Spotlight

Title: Prosecco and Promises

 

Author Name: A. L. Michael

 

Previous Books: Cocktails and Dreams

 

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

 

Release Date: 12th February 2018

 

Publisher: Canelo

 

Cover Image: 

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If you love Prosecco and Promises, why not read more about Mia’s best friend Savvy in Cocktails and Dreams? Out now!

Links to Book:

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Google Books (UK)

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Author Bio: A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of 10 novels. Her most recent collection of books, The Martini Club Series, started with Cocktails and Dreams, to be followed by Prosecco and Promises, and Martinis and Memories. She likes to write about difficult women. Well, they say to write what you know. Andi works as a Content Writer, as well as a therapeutic facilitator. She has a bunch of degrees in stuff to do with writing, and wrote her MSc dissertation on the power of creative writing in eating disorder recovery. She truly believes stories can change your life.


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Author Social Media Links

Twitter: @AlMichael_

Facebook: A.L. Michael

Website: A. L. Michael

 

You Will Not Have My Hate- Antoine Leiris

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Antoine Leiris lost his wife Helene in the Bataclan attack in November 2015. Days after her murder, he posted an open letter to the terrorists on Facebook, writing the immortal line ‘Vous n’aurez pas ma haine’ in an incredible show of dignity and restraint in the face of his loss.

You Will Not Have My Hate is a raw and powerful testimony of Leiris’ life in the days and weeks after the attack. Despite his composed Facebook post, we learn of his struggles to contemplate raising his 17 month old son alone.

The details of his attempts to maintain a regular, daily routine, whilst remembering ‘mama’ by singing songs and looking at photographs is heartbreaking and yet throughout, the reader is filled with a sense of admiration for a man who vows to continue living life for the sake of his son and the woman he has loved and lost.

He is inundated with letters of support and mothers at his son’s nursery rally round providing daily meals on a rota basis, all with the best of intentions, but ultimately adding to his sense of hopelessness.

Yet despite the despair, the reader draws immense inspiration from Leiris’ remarkable courage and determination.

Truly exceptional.

Raising Funds ‘For Luca’: Great Manchester Run 2013

Incredibly, it’s that time of year again already.

This time last year, I was frantically trying to fit in enough training to complete the 2012 Bupa Great Manchester Run, having left it too late to build up a sensible, gradual fitness programme. As a result, I ended up with a serious knee injury which severely hampered my ability to even walk, let alone run!

Undeterred, I strapped my knee and managed to complete the course in 1:31:02, raising £275 for Mind, the mental health charity, in the process; a cause close to my heart following the shocking suicide of then Wales manager Gary Speed.

Despite the pain from my injury, the atmosphere and the support from the watching public on the day were enough to convince me to sign up again for the 2013 run as soon as the registration opened.

My chosen charity this year was even closer to home.

Luca, the beautiful four-year-old son of a school friend of mine was tragically struck down with Meningococcal Septicaemia in early January 2012 and his life changed forever.

This horrendous disease ravaged every part of his body in hours and left him fighting for his life. With less than a 3% chance of survival, Luca pulled through, however, he was not unscathed.

Luca lost both of his legs and all of his tissue, some muscle and skin below his hips. He has massive skin and tissue and muscle loss across his arms and shoulders and is now fighting to save his knees which have been severely damaged.

Funds raised will be used to help cover the huge costs of prosthetics giving Luca every chance to excel in every aspect of his future.

Despite everything that has happened to him in his short life, Luca keeps smiling. His zest for life knows no bounds and he continues to inspire all who know him every day.

You can discover more information about Luca’s story on Facebook and Twitter.

www.facebook.com/forluca1

www.twitter.com/for_luca

If, having read this page, you would like to contribute, please add your donation to my JustGiving page which can be found here:

http://www.justgiving.com/Joanne-Lewis5-For-Luca

Thank you.